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A maze of tar splitting the page,
Like the imperfections of wrinkles under your eyes.

~ from ‘Mapping Love’ by Joe, First Place (Secondary), Poetry Object 2018


Red Room Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people, with over $10,000 in prizes to be won! Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting young writers (Years 3-10) and their teachers to create poems inspired by treasured, curious or talismanic objects.

Every year we publish new curriculum-aligned resources and commission celebrated poets to create original poems and deliver poetic learning workshops.

Since 2011, Poetry Object has encouraged creative literacy and community connection across Australasia. Every year we engage 3000+ students and teachers, and we have published over 15,000 poems to date.


Poetry Object in 2019 

Our 2019 commissioned poets are Stuart BarnesClaire G ColemanArielle CottinghamPola FanousEleanor JacksonBenjamin LairdJacqui Malins and Zech Soakai. Each poet shares their own special object and insights into their writing process to kindle student and teacher imaginations.

This year's judge is award-winning poet Emilie Zoey Baker.

Our partners include Art Gallery NSW, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, New Zealand National Poetry Day and Regional Express Airlines. 


Poetry Object key dates

Submissions open: Thursday 18 April
Submissions close: Friday 27 September (5pm AEST)
Shortlist announced: October
Winners announced: November-December


Get started with Poetry Object

  1. Register your school for Poetry Object 2019
  2. Explore our learning resources and our digital Poetry Object library of submitted poems
  3. Write and edit your poems
  4. Submit to Poetry Object
  5. Submit to the Poetry Object Multimedia Installation category
  6. Spread the word! Share this page with colleagues, or put up these posters around your school
  7. Book a Poetic Learning Workshop with a poet: see below for dates


Poetic Learning Workshops 

Extend your students' learning: Poetry Object poets are available to present poetic learning workshops in classrooms and special locations, and via digital networks, across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Book a Workshop form>

For workshop and booking information, email Poetry Object producer Emma at


Professional Development for teachers

Find teacher professional development sessions>

Poems to Share II 

Inspired by original poems from Poetry Object, Poems to Share II is an EPAA-shortlisted interactive classroom resource designed to enliven poetic learning through language, literature and literacy, created in partnership with AATE. 

Buy Poems to Share II> 


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